The biggest problem I am still having with taking photos of people is asking them and convincing them I am not going to do something dodgy with them. I take pictures of random people on the street and without wanting to sound like some random stalker person I do think they come out well because people cannot lie about their emotions at that moment.
In the contest voting thread somebody complained about all of the photos being of snow - that means we can have more "Landscape" themes with Spring Landscapes, Summer Landscapes and Autumn Landscapes.
As to a wildlife contest, I think it would have to allow photos taken outside of the contest time as one just does not happen on wildlife "on demand". One can't just say "I need to go take a deer (or bear or whatever) shot for this month's GF Photo contest".
But, as you know, I am at least somewhat against the time frame anyway.
Dan, I understand and respect your opinion on not being able to submit pics outside of the window and I think we should work on a compromise. How about a longer contest time to give better opportunities for shots? I know finding a good wildlife shot could take months. The issue here is that I won't make any rules changes without a majority rule on the issue in an effort to be fair to the larger group.
My suggestion: we decide on a contest length when we pick a category that is fair for the difficulty of the image.
Personally, I would prefer to keep the contests at one month so that we can do more of them. It's not that hard to find wildlife unless you're looking for a perfect shot of a bear or wolf or something. Squirrels and rabbits are all over the place.
One option though is to have the wildlife contest run concurrently with other ones. So we could start the wildlife one right after the current one and have it run for 3-4 months or whatever, and then we'd still run other contests in the meantime.
Yeah, the wildlife contest should be started soon and should run for a few months. And we can also start another contest as well and run it for one month or so. I say just pick one of the themes that has been mentioned. I'm cool with anything.